2013-14 SEASON: Appeared in 22 games (four starts) for the Philadelphia 76ers, averaged 3.0 points, 2.8 rebounds 0.7 assists in 11.4 minutes.
PREVIOUS SEASONS: 2012-13: Appeared in 13 games (zero starts) for the Oklahoma City Thunder, averaged 2.5 points, 2.0 rebounds 0.3 assists in 8.0 minutes.
2011-12: Played in 16 games during his rookie campaign with Orlando, averaging 2.8 ppg. and 2.4 rpg. in 11.7 mpg. Made two starts, averaging 6.5 ppg., 4.0 rpg., 1.5 apg. and 1.50 bpg. in 25.0 mpg. during that span. Played in four playoff contests, averaging 1.0 ppg. in 2.3 mpg. During the regular season, led (or tied) the team in assists once. Made first NBA start on Apr. 16 vs. Philadelphia, tallying six points, a career-high six rebounds and one blocked shot in 24 minutes. Scored in double figures once – a career-high 11 points on Apr. 15 at Cleveland. Also recorded careerhighs of five steals and three blocked shots in that contest. Made his NBA debut on Jan. 27 at New Orleans, scoring two points (2-2 FT) in three minutes. DNP-CD 30 times. On the Inactive List 20 times.
CAREER TRANSACTIONS: Selected by the Orlando Magic in the 1st round (29th pick) of the 2010 NBA Draft... Signed as a free agent with the Oklahoma City Thunder on August 4, 2012... Waived by the Oklahoma City Thunder on October 27, 2012... Signed as a free agent with the Oklahoma City Thunder on October 31, 2012... Waived by the Oklahoma City Thunder on October 10, 2013... Signed as a free agent with the Philadelphia 76ers on October 16, 2013... Waived by the Philadelphia 76ers on January 7, 2014... Signed as a free agent with the Washington Wizards on September 23, 2014
COLLEGE Played one season at the University of Kentucky, averaging 3.4 ppg., 3.3 rpg. and 1.39 blkpg. in 13.4 minpg. in 38 games during his freshman campaign (2009-10). Shot .527 (48-91) from the floor. Helped the Wildcats reach the Elite Eight during the 2010 NCAA Tournament. Recorded 16 games with two-or-more blocked shots, including four games with four rejections, the last time on Mar. 7 vs. Florida. Netted a season-high 14 points on Nov. 21 vs. Rider.
PERSONAL: Full name is Daniel Joseph Orton…Son of Carolyn and Larry Orton…Chose Kentucky over Kansas, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State…Did not compete during most of his senior season of high school (2008-09), but returned for the 2009 Oklahoma state tournament…Averaged 14.0 ppg., 11.0 rpg. and 5.00 blkpg. as a junior…Participated in the 2009 Jordan Brand Classic.